In Tune is your weekly classical news feed on CBC Radio 2. Saturdays at noon, Katherine Duncan shares the classical music and musicians people are listening to and talking about, here in Canada and around the world. Here's a look at the stories we're featuring this week.

Definitely not your great-aunt's chamber music! This year's Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music goes to Nicole Lizée, who plays turntables and live electronics in her John Cage tribute piece, White Label Experiment. 

As the saying goes: "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!" Two of Canada's biggest orchestras renew contracts with their music directors. Kent Nagano stays on at the Montreal Symphony until 2020, while Bramwell Tovey signs on for five more years in Vancouver.

Can a pop singer-songwriter really write the next great Canadian opera? The COC thinks so. They've commissioned a new opera from Rufus Wainwright and first time librettist Daniel MacIvor. Here's a look at how Wainwright came to the world of opera for his debut in the art form, Prima donna

Congratulations to the Gryphon Trio. This week they picked up their $30,000 cheque for the Walter Carson Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts.

Advent season has begun, so you might want to install a classical music advent calendar for your smartphone or tablet, courtesy of Naxos Records. Their free app offers over an hour of classical music for the holiday season.

What does your love of classical music say about you? If you believe a new report, you're quite likely to have an entrepreneurial spirit. You may also have a fondness for ice cream.

The mandolin goes classical: Vancouver Recital Society presents its first mandolin recital, ever, when Avi Avitel takes to the stage in January, 2014.

Repatriating Rachmaninoff: Russia wants him back! Russian officials consider buying the pianist/composer's summer estate at Lake Lucerne, Switzerland. 

posted by Katherine Duncan on Dec 05, 2013